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Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Address: 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Phone Number: (904) 823-4500
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Description: The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM...
The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) is dedicated to the conservation of natural biodiversity and cultural resources through research and monitoring to guide science-based stewardship and education strategies. The GTM Research Reserve was formed through a collaboration of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It covers 74,000 acres of coastal lands in northeast Florida from Ponte Vedra Beach to Palm Coast. The GTM Research Reserve is part of a national system of research reserves that focus on research, education and stewardship. The GTM Research Reserve has a 21,000 square foot Environmental Education Center which includes interpretive exhibits, aquariums, classrooms, teaching and working laboratories, an auditorium and an outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Guana River Aquatic Preserve. Education staff offer programming for all ages on the importance of estuarine ecosystems. A Coastal Training Program offers training for professionals on issues of concern in our local community including watershed, invasive plants and much more.
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Great Hiking!

Guana is a must for those who like to explore. The hiking trails are well maintained and it is not unusual to see wild boar, deer or turkeys at some point. I hike every day in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Guana is a must for those who like to explore. The hiking trails are well maintained and it is not unusual to see wild boar, deer or turkeys at some point. I hike every day in the fall/winter months with my dogs and they cannot wait to jump out of the car. You can also bike the trails and there... More 

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Jacksonville, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The nature center has age appropriate scavenger hunts for children. Be sure and look through the telescope at the bald eagle nest. You may see babies. The center is a great way to pass a rainy afternoon. Of course there is a lot to see outside as well. Right whales winter in the ocean there.

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Norcross, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We visited this facility last weekend. There is a very interesting center with a short video explaining the Estuary. Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine reserve is really old Florida - untouched by development. It was very interesting to see how the estuary operates.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

A beautiful place for birding, walking on the trails or just learning more about nature. Great place for children - especially the nature center.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This is a very nice park with 9 miles of trails to hike or off-road bike. Some parts are sandy and rocky, so a road bike won't work on the trail. There are benches and picnic tables, so take a snack and enjoy nature!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Relaxing fun place to hang at the beach. Not overcrowded. Easy access with free parking. You do have walk over the A1A but safe walkway.

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Red Wing, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Unbelievable stretch of beach without hotels, homes, etc. Incredible shelling experience. Just park in of the lots for $3 and cross over the highway onto a boardwalk that leads to the pristine beach. The day I was there we saw only a few people (maybe 5) between South Beach and Middle Beach. It was a peaceful walk that was only... More 

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We were in the area for a wedding and had a few hours to kill before the festivities. We had already spent a day on the beach and wanted to do something different. This was the perfect way to spend our time and learn a little in the process. The Education Center was so much better than what I had... More 

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

hike fish boat hunt during season walk dogs ride horses always check for ticks after bathroom at parking no food beach on other side of street plenary of room

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Grand Rapids, MI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We were on a mission to have a beach day when we stopped here, so we didn't do any of the hikes. The beach was beautiful, quieter than many others. It was clean and there were lots of small shells to go scouting for. Parking is across the road and a dune, not at all visible from the beach. Even... More 

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